This week end saw a fantastic win for the Newbridge college equestrian team who are the proud winners of the All Ireland Hunter Trials Championship.
This is the first time in 33 years the school has won the title and only the fifth time it has been won by an all-girls team. The event took place on March 16th at Old Ross, Co. Waterford, with 74 school teams from around Ireland taking part. So well done to Meadhbh Brassil, Aoife Murphy and Lucy McCarty. Also well done to Caoimhe Sweeny on finishing 10th in the junior individual competition.
Hunter Trials is a demanding equestrian discipline in which riders and their horses face a test of bravery and stamina over a challenging cross-country course. The College team is also one of only five all-girl teams to win the title in the championship’s history. This is promising to be the Equestrian team’s most successful year to date, with Newbridge College also the current leaders of the 2013 Equestrian Interschools’ Showjumping League
Inter A v Kilkenny College
The Newbridge College Inter A team finished the season on a high and kept their unbeaten run in 2013 intact. What was even sweeter was that the team overturned a bad defeat to Kilkenny College from earlier in the season. Helped with the return of 3 of the Junior Cup boys but still missing strong players like Ewan Morrin and Cian Dunne in the pack the team ground out a convincing win. First points on the board were from a penalty taken by Tom Connolly. Kilkenny reacted well to score a converted try. From then on the home side controlled most of the play. Tom Connolly and Nicholas Cody touched down for a try each and Kevin Kyne finished off some lovely team play and got a hat-trick for himself. Tom also kicked 3 of the 5 conversions. While nobody from the pack crossed the whitewash, none of tries would have been possible without the efforts of the likes of Luke Heffernan in the line out, Paddy Ryan at the back of the scrum and Conor Timmons in the loose. Apart from a bad patch when Kilkenny scored a try, it was all Newbridge. The coaches know that there's plenty to work on to get this team ready for a Junior Cup but there's a solid foundation to work with.
Inter B v Kilkenny College
The Inter Bs finished their season, at home, on a high note with a fully deserved 29 – 24 victory over Killkenny. The team, and the subs who came on, can take great credit for the way they played. The result was never in doubt. Among the starting 15 there were some strong performances from try scorers Stephen Murphy (2), Paddy O’Brien (1) and Kevin Dolly (1) and also from Paschal Thompson, Josh Peacock, Dylan Johnson, Theodore Hovenden Kelly, and Enda Mc Sweeney. They were ably supported by Niall Stapleton, Alex Pocock, Matthew Nugent, Enda Dowling, Cian Springate, Andrew Dempsey, and Captain Liam Callanan who added two conversions. Each of the subs who came on – Dominic Doyle (who scored a try), Matthew Murtagh, Thomas Wall, Ciaran Joyce, Ruairi Dawson, Cormac Conlan, Andrew Mc Loughlin, Andrew Sweeney, Craig Mc Cormack, Morgan Hurley O’Dwyer and James Sutton - played their part in the win. Two subs unfortunate not to be used were Tom Tinsley and Cian Mahon. Well done to each and every one of these players for finishing off the season so well. They, and the players who were absent on the day, but who have also made significant contributions, can all look forward now to a good Doyle Cup and we wish them all well for next season as they prepare to challenge for the Junior Cup.
First Year C teams played a challenge match against Loreto Bray on Wednesday 20th March.
The girls made a slow start to the game and Bray were more comfortable on home ground. But Newbridge settled and as the game progressed they took more control and while the first twenty minutes was in our defending third the next twenty minutes were camped in the Bray defending third.
Two goals were scored by Victoria Keogh and Olivia Daly, but they came as a series of good passes and attacking play. In the third twenty minutes Newbridge had a lapse of concentration and Bray score two goals in quick succession to make the final score two all.